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real understanding... >> where you scared when you hear the bombs? >> al jazeera america real... news... >> welcome to the news hour. coming up in the next 60 minutes. >> if these terrorists threaten our facilities or personnel we will take action to protect our people. >> president obama promises to continue the fight against the islamic state group in northern iraq. it comes as emergency aid is dropped for thousands of people stranded by the fighting. [ explosion ]
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more deaths in gaza as israelis and hamas continues the fighting hamas won't stop until it gets what it wants. and it's the last day for turkish presidential candidates before voters go to the poll. anand africa fashions in london. so the u.s. president has vowed to continue the fight against the islamic state group in northern iraq saying the problem will not be solved in a matter of weeks. barack obama said he was surprised by the rapid mostment group. the president said politicians in baghdad need to form an unity government to deal with the threat. >> if these terrorists threaten our facilities or our personnel
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legal take action to protect our people. we will continue to provide military assistance and advice to the iraqi government so the terrorists cannot establish a permanent safe-haven. we'll continue to work with the international community to deal with the growing humanitarian problem in iraq. countless iraqis have been driven or fled from their homes including many christians. this morning i spoke with prime minister cameron of the united kingdom and president hollande of france, and i'm pleased both leaders have supported our actions and will join us in providing humanitarian assistance to iraqi civilian who is are suffering so much. again, america is proud to act along side our friends andallies.
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we'll react to respond to the needs of iraqis fleeing under threat. the u.n. security council has called on the international couldn't to doing everything it can to provide food, water and shelter, and in my calls with allies and partners around the world i continue to urge them to join us in this humanitarian effort. finally we continue to call on iraqis to come together and form the inclusive government that iraq needs right now. vice president biden has been speaking to iraqi leaders and our team in baghdad is in close touch with the iraqi government. all iraqi communities are ultimately threatened by these barbaric terrorists, and all iraqi communities need to unite to defend their country. this is--we're focused on the situation in the north affecting kurds and iraqi minorities, sunni and shia in different parts of iraq have suffered at the hands of isil.
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once the inclusive government is in place i'm confident it will be easier to mobilize all iraqis against isil and to mobilize greater support from our friends and allies. >> we're live in washington, d.c. we've been listening to barack obama address journalist with questions and answers and the point he wanted to put across, we heard about humanitarian efforts and efforts to prevent a genocide, but what has he said about how far the u.s. is willinged to militarily to assist the iraqis? >> well, once again he reiterated that there will be no combat troops on the ground in iraq. that may--the question is whether there had been special forces enlisted in help in the evaluation in providing safe passage or engineer safe images for yazidi, the people who are
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under siege on sinjar mountain. again, he said combat troops will not be returning to iraq, and more over, he said that it is basically the responsibility of the iraqi government to not only set up an unity government that reconciles with the sunni minority in iraq, by the way he put a lot of blame on the iraqi government for alienating and persecuting them, but he to give aid and comfort and give support to islamic state forces. most of the comments were directed to the iraqi government, which has been unable to establish prime minister to basically reconfirm or find another person to be prime minister after al maliki
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has come under a lot of criticism here in washington. and basically to muster a functional iraqi army military that can actually come--make a coordinated response, a coherent response against islamic state. >> now the u.s. president has said it repeatedly saying the focus is on preventing genocide. tell us why it's so important for him to be able to be making this point not only to the world, but also to the people of america. >> well, there are strong voices in the white house and in the administration. most particularly the u.s. am basster to the united nations, samantha power who wrote a book about the errors and the failures of the united states under the clinton administration to come to the aid of the rwandan population back in the
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90's, and this was not something that the obama administration was going to accept responsibility for, or have to take the blame for, repeat that type of circumstance. in the case of the yazidis, they assured them beyond the humanitarian aid the they would respond to what people here do perceive to be the elimination of an entire religious community at the hands of the islamic state. >> tom ackerman with us in washington, thank you. well, a number of authorities including u.s. and kurdish teams have been dropping food and water to refugees stranded by the violence. it's part of the campaign ordered to avert what barack
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obama calls a potential genocide. earlier supporters of the prime minister rallied in baghdad. iraq's president has until sunday to ask the leader nominated by the biggest political block to form a government. we now have jane with us, jane, going on the back of that iraq trying to form a government, and barack obama many times mentioning how important it was for iraq to have an inclusive government for u.s. to carry on with its actions in iraq give us an idea of how able they are to form that inclusive parliament that the u.s. is calling for? >> well, here's what is happening now.
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tomorrow is supposed to be the deadline, although not every agrees on that. it's in the constitution. there was supposed to be a parliament session in baghdad to come up with a prime minister, but none of those things are happening. the session today was delayed from tomorrow until money, which means there won't an vote if there is a vote on monday. there are a lot of politicians gathering here in erbil, and according to kurdish officials they're coming close to being able to replace nouri al-maliki, but as we've seen from those rather small demonstrations in the streets he he is hanging on to power. obama's address is quite unprecedented. you may not be aware of it, but they were very strong words and they were directed not for the first time essentially telling political leaders they have to get their act together, and more specifically it seems at prime minister al maliki that maybe he should step aside.
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>> thank you very much, jane arraf in northern iraq for us. now islamic state fighters have made significant advances in northern iraq. we have more on that from caroline malone. >> reporter: one target from the u.s. airstrikes near erbil. where western personnel are base. is fighters had pushed kurdish forces back and were heading to erbil from the south and northeast. >> after mosul fell, and isis came in position of american-made equipment, we're talking about m-16th, assault rifles, we're talking about armored vehicles, and we're talking for instance missile launchers. the kurds don't have any of that. they've been fighting with 1970 oh he is ak-47s and basic equipment that could take away
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from saddam's broken military. >> is fighters took control of mosul city in june. many including members of the yazidi minority group are trapped in the sinjar mountains. they were without food and water for days before the air dropped supplies. a kurdish senior official has confirmed that is fighters have taken over the dam and if damaged it could cause flooding from the tigress river to baghdad. >> i'm joined by founder and executive of the iraq foundation for development and democracy in london and a political analyst. i first have to--we just heard barack obama speak, and it's surprising how much he has emphasized how important it is
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for iraq to form an inclusive government to the point where it is almost a criticism of what is going on in the iraqi government now. what chance is there of iraq forming that inclusive government that the u.s. has colorly wants, and will his message have any impact? >> well, the fact that any military movement needs environment and actually the policies actually created to help inenvironment to take over. the sunni moderate has pushed it to the lap of the extremist. now to get over this and isolating the kurds and leaving
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the sunni in their areas, and until they would find a solution for it. what happened with isil is that it is actually raised the alarm bell. not only could the sunni areas be out of control, but the area itself could be overtaken. more than that, bag bad is affected. this has been the kurds, the shia and other iraqis and other sunnies. yesterday kurdish leadership announced clearly they were surprised by the isil quick movement. today president obama declared the surprise of the quickness of isil. this hopefully will concentrate the mind how to deal with it. step number one is to replace al maliki. there is no doubt he is the
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commander and the army is in bad shape, corrupt position, dysfunctional, all these terms. the question is now it's not enough to replace him, but we need a new approach to the whole future of iraq. the future of iraq cannot continue based on the president process. >> no, no, no, but you're talking about a long-term solution replacing al maliki and changing the policies in iraq, that will take a long time. what happens in the meantime? does this mean that there will be a requirement for international troops on the ground? >> no, i don't think a we will need that. what is needed now with the american intervention this has also brought facts to isil that they cannot go all the way as they like because just yesterday the american forces targeted bridge connects sinjar to the isil area to isolate them from sinjar, and now they will prevent them from going to
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erbil. now this hopefully this will not. if iraqis fail, and the situation deteriorated to the extent that the more troops needed i doubt americans will send troops because president obama emphasized we need a political move by the iraqis to help but not lead. and to help the american can do once there the americans can call the help of other european countries, the u.n. and it will not assault americans in iraq. this is very important. mainly he's hoping that other arab countries that are suspicious of the regime in baghdad, hopefully they will change their minds. how will they change their
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minds? they need the facts on the ground. a government plot totally siding with one part of the country against another. this is another factor. if we succeeded in forming a new government and an inclusive government the new president would declare from day one that he is open to discussion with all iraqi forces, even the militant with the exception of isil, and he's willing to reconsider everything, and he is willing to put all this result of this discussion into new sort of contracts, political contracts. that would be like in the lebanese contracts, and then he would put it to the vote and maybe a new parliament, a new government in the future. this is a normal process. but one step is very important. first a new government, inclusive government. then we have to clue the regional government without cooperating them this vain iraq
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will be the playground for saudis and iranian, turk and the iranian, and we have to include all these countries. >> we have so many questions and ifs and buts then answer than answers to the situation. thank you for your analysis. coming this news hour, showing solidarity with gaza. >> god created us for freedom! >> rallies are held across the world. plus contrasting lives on canvas, the south korean exhibition about homeless children in the north. well, there seems to be no end in sight to the fighting in gaza. hamas has released a statement
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vowing to continue the war against israel until it achieves it's goals. five principles have now been killed in the gaza strip by israeli strikes on saturday. hamas has fired dozens of rockets at israel, but there are no reports of any major damage or casualty. israel has launched air and artillery destroying buildings and a mosque. talks of another cease-fire has failed to reach a deal although reports suggest that israeli delegation might return to cai cairo, where the talks are being held. since israel began its military assault on gaza over a month ago 64 israeli soldiers including three civilians and one thai national has been killed. the united nations said 73% of palestinians killed are civilians.
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and more than 220,000 people are living in u.n. shelters. >> we have correspondents covering both sides of the conflict in gaza for us. kimberly halkett is standing by in west jerusalem. we'll be speaking to them in just a moment. but first this report from andrew simmons in gaza. [ explosions ] >> on the ground in gaza city airstrikes like this may not be as friend now. but each one is just as devastating as earlier. the israelis say as long as rockets are fired from gaza, they'll continue to fire from the ground and sea. on the ground bodies were removed from the rubble of a mosque and more casualty from a series of other strikes.
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while the violence may be of a lower intensity it still leaves civilians in a state of perpetual fear. here the main medical center in the gaza strip there have been some level of respite during the three-day cease-fire. now there is consternation. no one is sure what will happen next. >> so we expect injured at any moment. >> reporter: these children are from an extended family of which 12 people have been killed. babies and cousins have all lost their mothers and their fathers are seriously injured. an aunt will have to bring up the two brothers. >> it's very hard to do this. i have to leave my own home and children because my two nephews need me.
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>> this place does not change much from day-to-day. hardship and bereavement. little in the way of hope. andrew simmons, al jazeera, gaza. >> and we're in gaza, give us an update on what is happening since this morning there. >> reporter: you well according to israel since midnight saturday, midnight today they have targeted 40 different locations across the gaza strip. we understand that at least five people have been killed. many more have been injured. and all of that really just lends to this general sense of unease and insecurity for the people of gaza. people we've been speaking to today telling us they want to see some sort of substantive agreement reached in cairo, saying to us that they don't know why more hasn't changed, more hasn't happened. why there haven't been any traction from there. this, of course, is highlighted
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by the fact that the israeli delegation is not there. they're still in jerusalem. there is some talk that they may return later this evening, but at this stage those talks appear to be stuck. and for the people of gaza, and, indeed, the people we've been speaking to, they're telling us that they're tired. they're exhausted. they want to see an end to it, but at this stage the fighting continues, more people are dying, more people are injuredden and hundreds of thousands remain displaced. >> people were already struggl struggling to get into shelters. they came out and went back home and now their homes are being destroyed. we have seen andrew simmons report about medical supplies, but do they have the basic necessities? >> reporter: earlier today i was speaking with a spokesperson from the icrc, of course, a large aid agency. they're saying that the hospitals here are stretched, that they just don't have what they need.
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and although goods are coming in, that some medical supplies are coming in, the situation here is critical. people, hospitals are in crisis, and until this conflict stops and the fighting ends and we can see a large scale response from humanitarian organizations and, indeed, foreign government people will continue to remain in very difficult circumstances as we saw in reports. >> we'll go to kimberly halkett standing by for us. kimberly we're hearing that the israeli delegation might head back to cairo for talks. can you tell us more of what is being said there? >> what i can tell you is that there are conflicting reports about the future of those talks, and it is based on whether or not the israeli delegation will participate. what i can tell you is that our
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palestinian sources are reporting that they have been told by the egypt mediators that they should stay in place. that something soon will happen. what is about to happen isn't clear. we do know there has been a redrafting of the palestinian demand. not a change in demands but a softening of the language, if you will. and we've already heard reports from the israeli media that the delegation will not be going to cairo as long as there is rocket fire coming in from gaza. since midnight local there have been 28 rockets that have been fired into israel. mostly along the southern border and we're hearing from the israeli media unconfirmed reports that the israeli delegation will not be going as long as there is rocket fire. there is a third track in all of this, and that is, and again we're looking into this, these are unconfirmed reports that both sides may be considering what is called an undeclared
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cease-fire. that means neither side is interested in continuing the fighting. they cannot agree on the terms or the demands namely hamas would like to see a lifting of the blockade in gaza and the israeli delegation would like to see the demilitarization of hamas. most sides have said this is a red line in terms of negotiation. there is this undeclared cease-fire being considered. i can tell you things are very quiet. this is a jewish holy da day of shah bat that ends. >> thank you kimberly halkett in jerusalem. we have plenty more on our website go gaza. you will find that on >> an al-qaeda linked group has killed 14 government
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soldiers while traveling on a public bus. the soldiers had just taken part in a military campaign in a city of. in an taste to stop the group from establishing an islamic in the region. there has been fighting in the central province. in serie-a ten people have been killed in aleppo. al jazeera is unable to verify these pictures you're looking at but they allegedly show the aftermath of an attack. they say that a helicopter dropped a barrel bomb on a complex where a dozen people were injured. a court in egypt has dissolved the freedom, the political ring of the banned muslim brotherhood. the court has ordered the party's assets to be liquidated. it has sent thousands of muslim
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brotherhood supporters to jail. al jazeera is demanding the release of its three journalist who is have been imprisoned in egypt for 224 days. mohamed fahmy, bader mohammed, and peter greste were falsely accused of helping the muslim brotherhood. in june they were given seven-year sentences. bader mohammed was given an additional three years because of a spent bullet he had picked up at a protest. now holding final elections. this is the first time that the turkish people will get to vote directly for their president. voters will have three candidates to choose from. the first is the frontrunner erdogan. he's been prime minister sinc since 2003. and that's longer than any other elected leader in turkish history. erdogan said that he wants to turn the certificat ceremonial
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post into a stronger president. and the second leader is ekmeleddin ihsanoglu, but he's widely unknown. and then there is selahattin demirtas, a lawyer, who is unlikely to be voted president. we go to erdogan's final campaign rally. >> reporter: a massive crowd and turn out here in the city.
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there are many idealized here. a large part of the success viewed through the huge successes economically that erdogan has managed to achieve in his premiership of over ten years. in turkey where 99 universities have been military. the roads were built under his premiereship, and as well as reeducation and healthcare. thihis critics say that he has become more authoritarian. they accuse him of curbing freedoms and point to the fact of temporary ban of social media like twitter and youtube. he said that those bans were necessary to fend off a current conspiracy. however on the eve of those
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elections those scattered behind hope that come the results they will be just as happy as they are now. the challenge is if they are to win to insure under his presidency even more turks are just as happy. >> we're